The Bledington Music Festival

The Bledington Music Festival is an annual music event which takes place over three summer evenings in the beautiful Cotswolds. We play host to top class performers from all over the world.

Each summer, an increasing number of music lovers make their way to St Leonard’s Church, Bledington, a little village in the heart of the Cotswolds just 10 minutes from Stow-On-the-Wold and 40 minutes from Oxford.  There are so many lovely places nearby, it’s worth staying a few days for a relaxing mini break.

We are also big supporters of Music in Education, you can find out more about how the musicians take the time to interact and introduce and enrich the musicality in students of Bledington School.

The 2019 festival was held June 4th, 5th and 6th.

2019 was an extravaganza of expertise on a huge variety of instruments from the string quartet to the accordion and santouri!

If you were fortunate enough to attend all three concerts you would have enjoyed music across the centuries from Monteverdi to contemporary compositions. Read more…

Check out the details of our 20th anniversary concerts to be held in 2020.

Festival 2020

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If you love music and feel passionately about bringing world-class music to the those living outside of the bigger cities, please consider making a donation.

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This year’s performers included:


June 4th

Tues 7:30 PM · St Leonard’s Church

Bella Tromba, Brass Quartet

Our opening concert of 2019 will be dynamic! Bella Tromba’s programme will include music by Monteverdi, Enescu, Faure,Peter Longworth, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin..

Concert details

June 5th

Wed 7:30 PM · St Leonard’s Church

Albion Quartet

Four of the UK’s exceptional young string players form the Albion Quartet. Current engagements include concerts at the Wigmore Hall (London), the Louvre (Paris) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

Concert details

June 6th

Thurs 7:30 PM · St Leonard’s Church

ZRI

Following launch concerts in 2011 ZRI has toured the UK extensively with its unique versions of both the Brahms and Schubert quintets, releasing its debut disc in 2014.

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The King’s Head Inn

BLEDINGTON

An idyllic Cotswolds Pub, formerly a 16th century cider house. Gloriously situated on a picturesque village green. They offer a range of cosy and comfortable rooms, each full of character and all the mod cons. 

Privately owned freehouse with a reputation for outstanding food and recent winner of Pub of Year award. Meals from 6pm, please book early.

Tel: +44 (001608 658365

25% Festival Discounted Room Rates. Contact for details – quote BF18

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Trinity House B&B

ODDINGTON

Trinity House is an established B&B in the village of Oddington, a quintessential Cotswold village with honey coloured stone cottages. There are two excellent pubs within walking distance. Conveniently located on a hillside with views over the surrounding countryside and the Evenlode valley –  perfect location to explore Gloucestershire and the neighbouring counties of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and close to Bledington if you attend the popular annual Music Festival.

Tel: +44 (0)1451 831284

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Stow Lodge Hotel

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Stow Lodge Hotel is centrally located in the historic hill top town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The hotel overlooks the historic market square with its many interesting and unique shops and galleries.

The hotel has 20 comfortably furnished en-suite bedroom’s, situated in the main hotel.

Other well-known attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, the University town of Oxford and Stratford upon Avon are all within a forty five minute drive.

Tel: +44 (0)1451 830485

Visit Website

The King’s Head Inn

BLEDINGTON

An idyllic Cotswolds Pub, formerly a 16th century cider house. Gloriously situated on a picturesque village green. They offer a range of cosy and comfortable rooms, each full of character and all the mod cons. 

Privately owned freehouse with a reputation for outstanding food and recent winner of Pub of Year award. Meals from 6pm, please book early.

Tel: +44 (001608 658365

25% Festival Discounted Room Rates. Contact for details – quote BF18

Visit Website

Horse & Groom

UPPER ODDINGTON

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Stow Lodge Hotel is centrally located in the historic hill top town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The hotel overlooks the historic market square with its many interesting and unique shops and galleries.

The hotel has 20 comfortably furnished en-suite bedroom’s, situated in the main hotel.

Other well-known attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, the University town of Oxford and Stratford upon Avon are all within a forty five minute drive.

Tel: +44 (0)1451 830485

Free bottle of Fizz when you book direct – quote BF18

Visit Website

Stow Lodge Hotel

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, Stow Lodge Hotel is centrally located in the historic hill top town of Stow-on-the-Wold. The hotel overlooks the historic market square with its many interesting and unique shops and galleries.

The hotel has 20 comfortably furnished en-suite bedroom’s, situated in the main hotel.

Other well-known attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, the University town of Oxford and Stratford upon Avon are all within a forty five minute drive.

Tel: +44 (0)1451 830485

Visit Website

Trinity House B&B

ODDINGTON

Trinity House is an established B&B in the village of Oddington, a quintessential Cotswold village with honey coloured stone cottages. There are two excellent pubs within walking distance. Conveniently located on a hillside with views over the surrounding countryside and the Evenlode valley –  perfect location to explore Gloucestershire and the neighbouring counties of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and close to Bledington if you attend the popular annual Music Festival.

Tel: +44 (0)1451 831284

Visit Website

Music in Education

Each year we endeavour to get the local children enthusiastic about the music and the performers through our growing educational programme and we are very fortunate to have artists willing to get involved and perform special ‘mini’ concerts for pupils of local Primary Schools.

The involvement with the local school began in June 2005 when Catrin Finch visited with her harp. The next year Chloe Hanslip visited as did the Firsova Piano Trio.

We are extremely grateful that many of the musicians also give of their time to perform a concert especially for the local school children; this is always a much anticipated event and is part of our ongoing educational programme to expose children to various instruments and music. More info…

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Festival Personnel

Rodney Beacham
FESTIVAL ORGANISER

The festival organiser has a wide range of duties including liaison with and booking of a variety of performers for each year’s Festival.

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Catrin Finch
VICE PRESIDENT

Catrin began learning the harp at the age of five she has been delighting audiences worldwide since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in 2002 during this time, Catrin was appointed Royal Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales.

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Thomas Trotter
PRESIDENT OF BMF

Appointed Birmingham City organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball. He is also Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, and Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, London. 

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A Brief History

The Festival has grown since it was established in 2000 when Thomas Trotter, the current President, gave a recital at Bledington; the popularity of that occasion gave rise to this successful three day Music Festival.

Over the years the festival has welcomed many performers. Each concert is unique and outstanding, with world class artists – we are very grateful to have their support for our festival!

We have compiled a list of performers and musicians who have featured at previous festivals please click here to view the list …

Previous Festivals

The Concerts take place at:
St Leonard's Church
Church Street
Bledington
Gloucestershire
OX7 6XD

Tel 01608 658669

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